Soon to be entering its tenth year.
The LAT reports:
A Pentagon assessment, while expressing confidence in U.S. strategy, says the movement has flourished despite repeated assaults.Reporting from Washington
A Pentagon report presented a sobering new assessment Wednesday of the Taliban-led insurgency in Afghanistan, saying that its abilities are expanding and its operations are increasing in sophistication, despite recent major offensives by U.S. forces in the militants’ heartland.
The report, requested by Congress, portrays an insurgency with deep roots and broad reach, able to withstand repeated U.S. onslaughts and to reestablish its influence, while discrediting and undermining the country’s Western-backed government.
But the Pentagon said it remained optimistic that its counter-insurgency strategy, formed after an Obama administration review last year, and its effort to peel foot soldiers away from the Taliban will show success in months to come.
Yes, the administration said that we have plenty of shovels tossing sand at the tide and it appears that this strategy is working.
The report concludes that Afghan people support or are sympathetic to the insurgency in 92 of 121 districts identified by the U.S. military as key terrain for stabilizing the country. Popular support for Karzai’s government is strong in only 29 of those districts, it concludes.
I think we need more shovels…
And totally counterproductive. It appears that it may also be illegal. I hope so.
The pilots waging America’s undeclared drone war in Pakistan could be liable to criminal prosecution for “war crimes,” a prominent law professor told a Congressional panel Wednesday.
Harold Koh, the State Department’s top legal adviser, outlined the administration’s legal case for the robotic attacks last month. Now, some legal experts are taking turns to punch holes in Koh’s argument.
It’s part of an ongoing legal debate about the CIA and U.S. military’s lethal drone operations, which have escalated in recent months — and which have received some technological upgrades. Critics of the program, including the American Civil Liberties Union, have argued that the campaign amounts to a program of targeted killing that may violate the laws of war
In a hearing Wednesday before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’s national security and foreign affairs panel, several professors of national security law seemed open to that argument. But there are still plenty of caveats, and the risks to U.S. drone operators are at this point theoretical: Unless a judge in, say, Pakistan, wanted to issue a warrant, it doesn’t seem likely. But that’s just one of the possible legal hazards of robotic warfare.
The thing is… these drone attacks seldom hit “enemies” and consistently hit innocent civilians. Also, the targets are picked by the CIA and are outside the control of the U.S. military and rules of engagement parameters. Indiscriminate killings of men, women and children for the occasional correct targeting of an “insurgent,” whatever that may be, are creating more of those “insurgents.”
Loyola Law School professor David Glazier, a former Navy surface warfare officer, said the pilots operating the drones from afar could — in theory — be hauled into court in the countries where the attacks occur. That’s because the CIA’s drone pilots aren’t combatants in a legal sense. “It is my opinion, as well as that of most other law-of-war scholars I know, that those who participate in hostilities without the combatant’s privilege do not violate the law of war by doing so, they simply gain no immunity from domestic laws,” he said.
And what if some other country used “rendition” and threw these illegal “enemy combatants” into their version of Gitmo and left them there indefinitely without access to the judicial process? Oh, then they’d be like us.
Now wouldn’t that be something?
Calls for boycotting Arizona and its businesses because of its new anti-illegal-immigration law have begun spreading virally, showing Arizona what it’s like to be unpopular in a social-media era in which protesters can organize at the drop of a tweet.
A convention for immigration attorneys, scheduled for the Camelback Inn this fall, already has been canceled, and the state’s business community has begun fighting back, urging groups and individuals not to boycott the state.
Hit them in their fascist pocket books.
The Arizona Hotel and Lodging Association on Monday set up its own Facebook page, “Don’t Boycott AZ Tourism.” The tagline: “Don’t punish 200,000 tourism employees for politics.”
But calls to boycott Arizona businesses, convention and meeting sites, the Grand Canyon and even the Arizona Diamondbacks and other baseball teams that train in the state have been gaining momentum since Gov. Jan Brewer signed the bill into law on Friday.
I discovered that the Arizona Diamondbacks owner is a huge Republican supporter. I wonder what an empty stadium on game day would look like?
The law makes it a state crime to be in Arizona illegally and requires police and other law-enforcement agents to check documents of people they reasonably suspect to be illegal. Critics say the law can lead to racial profiling, although the governor said the law-enforcement community will be trained to avoid that.
The nation’s largest Spanish-language newspaper has called for a boycott, and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors is expected today to consider a resolution calling for an end to any business the city has with Arizona or any Arizona-based businesses.
Some business groups fear Arizona could suffer deeper consequences. Hispanics could be discouraged from participating in the census, depriving the state of federal revenue. And several economists also say that the new law, combined with the 2008 employer-sanctions law, could make it harder to attract workers once the economy rebounds.
What do they expect? They have become a pariah state. Everyone is guilty until proven a citizen? In America? No frickin’ way.
A law that encourages racial profiling and makes discrimination possible should not be tolerated,” Rehbinder said.He said Californians also may be impacted by the law.
“We have a lot of Californians who travel to Arizona to visit relatives,” he said. “Will they have to carry passports?”
All you brown people step out of the car and keep your hands where we can see them. I sincerely hope that Arizona receives what it deserves for passing this highly unconstitutional law. Derision, scorn, ridicule and avoidance.
They are an embarrassment to the other 49 states.
Why do they love it so?
It is interesting to hear these Teatards talk about the evils of “big government” and Obama when the GOP is all about big government. Never mind that GW Bush created a whole new branch of government with the Orwellian Homeland Security Department Uber Alles or what ever it is called. From personal consumption of marijuana, to sex, to abortion and on and on, the GOP wants bigger government to monitor you and your body. The very noxious and draconian attempts against women in Oklahoma have been thwarted again. Teatards should rejoice. Expansion of government has taken a step back.
One measure would have required women to undergo an intrusive ultrasound and listen to a detailed description of the fetus before getting abortions. Henry said that legislation is flawed because it does not allow rape and incest victims to be exempted.
Lawmakers who supported the vetoed measures promised an override vote in the House and Senate as early as next week. A national abortion rights group has said the ultrasound bill would have been among the strictest anti-abortion measures in the country if it had been signed into law.
Henry said “it would be unconscionable to subject rape and incest victims to such treatment” because it would victimize a victim a second time.
Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry vetoed two abortion bills Friday that he said are an unconstitutional attempt by the Legislature to insert government into the private lives and decisions of citizens.
Yes, but these anti-choice zealots don’t care about anything other than having their way. Compassion, common sense, personal choice….none of it matter. Rhetoric about big government is just there to bring out the loons. To pad their protests with Dittotards and Beckroids that will carry, often misspelled, signs showing their ignorance and appalling willingness to suspend logic.
The second abortion bill that the governor vetoed Friday was one that would have prohibited pregnant women from seeking damages if physicians withhold important information or provide inaccurate information about their pregnancy. Supporters of that measure said it was an attempt to keep pregnant women from discriminating against fetuses with disabilities.
But Henry said the bill would allow unscrupulous or negligent physicians to withhold or provide inaccurate information without facing the potential of legal consequences.
Why don’t conservatives like accountability? I mean, other than for Democrats. Well, once again common sense and the constitution have blocked the attempts by the rabid right wing to intrude on the lives of people they disagree with. A hat tip to Governor Brad Henry.
About 1:45 into this clip Rachel Maddow presents Sinead O’Connor from 1992 tearing up the pope’s picture and saying “Fight the real enemy.” Interesting how her concerns were about the very same things the Catholic Church is being accused of now. Being a brutal, abusive, sexually predatory organization that uses all of its power and influence to stop investigations and protect abusers. Take it away Rachel….
And here is the interview:
“The Church was concerned with the preservation of its assets and reputation above the caring of children.” The sad truth and the true crime that the Church is guilty of. I would, however, challenge Ms. O’Connor on the workings of the “Holy Spirit” and why it is so impotent or uncaring or both. But the bigger question is why has the Catholic Church been allowed to operate as a serial pedophile organization for so long?
The occasional apology to victims is totally inadequate. A complete repudiation of these practices by priests and an end to the perpetual cover ups by the Catholic hierarchy is in order. By turning these known rapists and pedophiles over to police with complete documentation of their offenses they can show they are truly sorry. By firing Bishops and Cardinals, including the current Bishop of Rome, Benny the Rat, that have been culpable or complicit in cover ups the Church can show that it is serious about ending these cover ups. Until then it is all just self-serving lip service to true repudiation of these crimes.
And if you watched the end of the last clip you got to see some GOP alternatives to Obamacare presented. Well worth the watch. I am building a chicken coop now.
You know, standing by in line at the gas chamber. That is what you are doing if you don’t resist this Obamacare holocaust! At least some middle class white Republican chick from Minnesota thinks so.
The Mille Lacs County Times reports on this potential horror.
Members of the Mille Lacs Tea Party Patriots held the second annual Tea Party rally on Thursday, April 15 in Milaca. Roughly 60 people turned out for the event in which Sue Bican (pictured) told attendees they must resolve to become active, to do something. “If we do nothing, we are no better than the Jews who stood in line for the gas chambers,” Bican said. There was a lot of literature available on a variety of subjects, including the Constitution Party of Minnesota, template letters regarding mental health care of children in school, petitions opposing conforming Minnesota law to “Obamacare” and myths about global warming.
Yes, attempts to get more people covered by affordable healthcare is no different from being yanked from your home, separated from your loved ones, taken on a train to where arbeit macht frei, and being herded into a gas chamber. Why didn’t I see it all before? And information on myths like global warming too? Sounds like my kind of Klan rally.
Perhaps we should all send our thanks to the Mille Lacs County Times for this excellent piece of journalism in regurgitating Ms. Bican’s words without any additional commentary. And I do not recommend that you contact Ms. Bican personally and let her know what a cunt she truly is. After all, you’re not a Republican.
The infallible, inerrant, and non-contradictory word of God. How does your knowledge stand up?
And the lesson here? Yes, always trust in faith over objective reasoning. And after praying for guidance the word comes down…..everybody passes today!